Wool auction and forward Merino markets finish year strongly

Michael Avery December 16, 2016


Southern Aurora Wool logo dec-2016BOTH the auction and forward Merino markets finished the first half of the season strongly.

The 19 micron contract hit the 1600-cent level in both January and February and the 21 micron contract broke 1400 cents for the same period, with represents close to cash. Exporters were looking for only minor discounts for March. Post-Easter was still, with little interest, reflecting the lack of depth in export orders and interest for this period.

We except bidding depth to fall away as buyers look to a well-earned break after a very volatile first half of the season. The strengthening $US may see some good opportunities for growers to hedge in the early part of next week, as offshore mills look to take advantage of the currency to set some New Year prices.

The forward platform will be open until December 23 and re-opening on January 3. A happy, holy and safe Christmas to all.

Trade summary

Jan      19 micron      1600 cents   3 tonnes

Jan      21 micron      1400 cents   2 tonnes

Feb     19 micron      1600 cents    7.5 tonnes

Feb     19.5 micron   1560 cents    3 tonnes

Feb     21 micron      1410 cents   12 tonnes

April   19 micron      1575 cents   10 tonnes

Total 37.5 tonnes

Source: Southern Aurora Wool.



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